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Chris DeCarlo has been directing, writing and acting in Los Angeles for over fifty years. As a performer, Chris has created more than three hundred roles, with over ten thousand on-stage performances on three continents, from the Henry Street Settlement Theatre in New York to the Dream Factory in ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Chris DeCarlo has been directing, writing and acting in Los Angeles for over fifty years. As a performer, Chris has created more than three hundred roles, with over ten thousand on-stage performances on three continents, from the Henry Street Settlement Theatre in New York to the Dream Factory in ... (read complete bio)
Santa Monica Playhouse Binge Fringe Free Festival Of Theatre Goes Online For 2020 Photo Santa Monica Playhouse Binge Fringe Free Festival Of Theatre Goes Online For 2020
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2020

The month of October heralds the return of the Santa Monica Playhouse BFF: The Binge Fringe Festival of FREE Theatre.

BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Christine Joëlle, an Actor and Proud Member of The Road a Photo BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Christine Joëlle, an Actor and Proud Member of The Road and Theatre 40 Who Also Runs a Successful Pet Care Service
by Shari Barrett - May 1, 2020

This Spotlight focuses on Christine Joëlle, an actress I first saw onstage in the summer of 2004 as Madge Owens in Picnic, directed by Gail Bernardi for Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse. Christine and I went on to work together in many productions for the community theatre group, both onstage and on production teams. Since then, I have been fortunate to follow her path across the stages of professional theatre companies all over town, always enjoying her ability to transform herself into a great variety of characters a?" often during the same show! And I am also a very happy customer of her pet care service, Movin' Paws.

BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Shelley Fisher, “The Hebrew Hillbilly” Photo BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Shelley Fisher, “The Hebrew Hillbilly”
by Shari Barrett - Apr 12, 2020

This Spotlight focuses on Shelley Fisher, a down home diva better known as The Hebrew Hillbilly, her solo music play which is the longest running in the USA. Believing that music is the universal language which brings healing and encouragement to everyone, performing her show fuels the flames of creativity and hope for Shelley, and comedy provides a welcome break from the weight of life as it is today. So, what is she up to until she can back inside the Santa Monica Playhouse to perform for an audience again?

BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Barbara Keegan " an Emmy Award-Winning Actress Who Trave Photo BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Barbara Keegan " an Emmy Award-Winning Actress Who Travels With Her Good Luck Charm “Smitty the Magical Flying Purple Turtle'
by Shari Barrett - Mar 29, 2020

This Spotlight focuses on Barbara a?oeBobbiea?? Keegan, an Emmy Award-winning actress who always says a?oeyesa?? to the Santa Monica Playhouse and Theatre 68 who always travels with her adopted son, good luck charm and alter- ego, a?oeSmitty the Magical Flying Purple Turtle.a?? I first met both of them during the second Hollywood Fringe Festival when Keegan took Best in Fringe honors headlining in the world premiere of Jon Courie's JENNIFER ANISTON STOLE MY LIFE, which Courie wrote specifically with her in mind.

Emmy Award-Winner Barbara Keegan Joins MISTAKES WERE MADE At Santa Monica Playhouse Photo Emmy Award-Winner Barbara Keegan Joins MISTAKES WERE MADE At Santa Monica Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2020

Santa Monica Playhouse announces the extension of the hit comedy Mistakes Were Made - coulda-woulda-shoulda and the addition of award-winning actress Barbara Keegan to the cast, returning to the Playhouse in her third Jerry Mayer hit. Mistakes Were Made now playing through April 26.

BWW Review: LOVE IN BLOOM Spoofs the Bard to Prove All's Well That Ends As You Like I Photo BWW Review: LOVE IN BLOOM Spoofs the Bard to Prove All's Well That Ends As You Like It
by Shari Barrett - Jan 29, 2020

As is true with almost every one of The Bard's plays, magic and mayhem, fops and fairies, mistaken identity, romance and humor abound in this tongue-firmly-in-cheek evening with elements of pantomime, Commedia dell'arte and conventions of classical theater woven together with DeCarlo and Rudie narrating the tale as the elvish mischief makers Orion and Talia. While there are quotes and references from several of The Bard's creations, LOVE IN BLOOM takes its biggest story line from a?oeA Midsummer Night's Dreama?? with three sets of lovers dealing with mistaken identities due to cross-dressing, who eventually get lost in the woods in order for the fairies' spell to be cast so that all ends well and love rules the day.

Photo Flash: LOVE IN BLOOM Opens This Weekend At Santa Monica Playhouse Photo Photo Flash: LOVE IN BLOOM Opens This Weekend At Santa Monica Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2019

Brush up your Shakespeare. Santa Monica Playhouse's bawdy musical comedy tribute to the rogues and wenches of the Bard, Love in Bloom, celebrates its 10th anniversary to insure that all's well that ends as you like it. Magic and mayhem, fops and fairies, mistaken identity, romance and humor abound in this tongue-firmly-in-cheek evening of theatre opening Saturday, October 26th

BWW Review: MISTAKES WERE MADE Reunites Three Friends Trying to Make Amends Before it Photo BWW Review: MISTAKES WERE MADE Reunites Three Friends Trying to Make Amends Before it's too Late
by Shari Barrett - Jun 10, 2019

Certainly, all of us can think of mistakes we made which caused unseen, or perhaps even planned, problems for our friends and/or family members. And as we age, it seems that when we recognize the need to make amends to set things right in our own lives, we need to do that before it's too late. But what if trying to make amends causes even more problems when the truth is revealed, while causing laughs galore at the foibles of all the players? Such is the case in the world premiere of Jerry Mayer's tenth play, MISTAKES WERE MADE - coulda-woulda-shoulda, at the Santa Monica Playhouse. In fact, the comedy has been so popular with audiences, it has been extended through the end of September!

Review: ALEICHEM SHOLOM! Shares the Wit and Wisdom of his Yiddish Stories with Music  Photo Review: ALEICHEM SHOLOM! Shares the Wit and Wisdom of his Yiddish Stories with Music and Laughter
by Shari Barrett - Jun 26, 2018

ALEICHEM SHOLOM! The Wit and Wisdom of Sholom Aleichem, a new musical written by the internationally acclaimed team of Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie with lilting songs by Ben Weisman, is now playing at the Santa Monica Playhouse. It follows the life of the beloved Yiddish story-teller and everyone is his entourage, especially his wife, spinning tales of his loves and losses, his fame and his failures, his travels, his travails and the tremendous joy and optimism that kept him going against all odds.

New Musical ALEICHEM SHOLOM: The Wit And Wisdom Of Sholom Aleichem To Debut At Santa  Photo New Musical ALEICHEM SHOLOM: The Wit And Wisdom Of Sholom Aleichem To Debut At Santa Monica Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2018

Santa Monica Playhouse presents the World Premiere of ALEICHEM SHOLOM! The Wit and Wisdom of Sholom Aleichem -The fifth offering in the Playhouse Sholom Aleichem catalog of musicals, part of the Playhouse Jewish Heritage Project at Santa Monica Playhouse - opening Today, May 19th 2018

New Musical ALEICHEM SHOLOM: The Wit And Wisdom Of Sholom Aleichem To Debut At Santa  Photo New Musical ALEICHEM SHOLOM: The Wit And Wisdom Of Sholom Aleichem To Debut At Santa Monica Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2018

Santa Monica Playhouse presents the World Premiere of ALEICHEM SHOLOM! The Wit and Wisdom of Sholom Aleichem -The fifth offering in the Playhouse Sholom Aleichem catalog of musicals, part of the Playhouse Jewish Heritage Project at Santa Monica Playhouse - opening Today, May 19th 2018

New Musical ALEICHEM SHOLOM: The Wit And Wisdom Of Sholom Aleichem To Debut At Santa  Photo New Musical ALEICHEM SHOLOM: The Wit And Wisdom Of Sholom Aleichem To Debut At Santa Monica Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2018

Santa Monica Playhouse presents the World Premiere of ALEICHEM SHOLOM! The Wit and Wisdom of Sholom Aleichem -The fifth offering in the Playhouse Sholom Aleichem catalog of musicals, part of the Playhouse Jewish Heritage Project at Santa Monica Playhouse - opening Saturday, May 19th 2018

A Love Affair Continues At Santa Monica Playhouse Photo A Love Affair Continues At Santa Monica Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2018

Feel the Love. Jerry Mayer's critically acclaimed, award-winning romantic 'A Love Affair' extends at Santa Monica Playhouse through Saturday, April 29, 2018. Featuring Playhouse Co-Artistic Directors Evelyn Rudie (TV's Eloise, Playhouse 90, A Touch of Love, Audition: The Musical!) and Chris DeCarlo (Author! Author! an evening with Sholom Aleichem, Moliere's The Fools, Aspirin & ELEPHANTS) as the mature Alice and Jimmy, and Andrea Adnoff (Sunday on the Rocks, Pasadena Playhouse; The Lucky 6; Legend of Woodview Road), and Jacob Cooper (We Are Marshall - Warner Bros; Clybourne Park; La Bete) as their younger-selves joined by Rachel Galper (Turning Thirty, A DeLUSIONAL Affair, How to Love a Republican). This production is part of the Playhouse Jerry-Mayer-A-Thon celebrating Mayer's 30 years of play writing.

Review: A LOVE AFFAIR Recounts the Roller Coaster Ride of a 38-Year (and Counting) Ma Photo Review: A LOVE AFFAIR Recounts the Roller Coaster Ride of a 38-Year (and Counting) Marriage
by Shari Barrett - Jan 22, 2018

Have you and your partner ever thought how nice it would be to go back and have a conversation with your younger selves that might be able to change the course of your lives together? No doubt playwright Jerry Mayer, whose plays deal with the 'ups, downs and sideways' of male/female relationships, must have wondered the same thing and created the comedy A LOVE AFFAIR to address the idea of one couple, at two different stages of their marriage, meeting in the midst of relationship upheaval when selling their family home and sorting through years of marriage mementos. Witty sexual innuendos abound as the business of aging is handled with great humor and understanding from both the youthful and more mature viewpoints.

The Anti-Holiday Holiday Show THE SANTALAND DIARIES Returns To Santa Monica Playhouse Photo The Anti-Holiday Holiday Show THE SANTALAND DIARIES Returns To Santa Monica Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2017

For the third year running Santa Monica Playhouse ushers in the holiday season with David Sedaris' sardonic modern holiday classic The SantaLand Diaries - featuring Patrick Censoplano in the lead as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy's department store in New York City - on stage now through December 17, 2017,

A LOVE AFFAIR Opens at Santa Monica Playhouse Photo A LOVE AFFAIR Opens at Santa Monica Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2017

Santa Monica Playhouse presents the latest in its Jerry Mayer-a-thon Celebration with a new production of Mayer's award-winning romantic comedy 'A Love Affair' featuring Playhouse Co-Artistic Directors Evelyn Rudie (Eloise, Playhouse 90, A Touch of Love, Audition: The Musical!) and Chris DeCarlo (Author! Author! an evening with Sholom Aleichem, Moliere's The Fools, Aspirin & ELEPHANTS) , Andrea Adnoff (Sunday on the Rocks, Pasadena Playhouse; The Lucky 6; Legend of Woodview Road), Jacob Cooper (We Are Marshall - Warner Bros; Clybourne Park; La Bete) and Rachel Galper (Turning Thirty, A DeLUSIONAL Affair, How to Love a Republican) on stage now through November 19th.

Santa Monica Playhouse Presents Eugene Ionesco's THE LESSON & THE BALD SOPRANO Photo Santa Monica Playhouse Presents Eugene Ionesco's THE LESSON & THE BALD SOPRANO
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2017

Commemorating its 57th Anniversary, Santa Monica Playhouse's Actors' Repertory Theatre (ART), the company that introduced the works of acclaimed playwright Eugene Ionesco to Los Angeles, brings back to the boards the double-bill with which the Playhouse opened its doors in 1960.

All-Male, Late-Night BEAUTY & THE BEAST Adds Performance Dates
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2017

Pride Month 2017 continues at Santa Monica Playhouse with the extension of the All-Male Late-Night Date-Night production of the acclaimed musical comedy, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a charmingly original adaptation of that most gloriously romantic love story retold with an inclusive twist, playing Fridays and Today at 9:30 pm through July 29th

All-Male, Late-Night BEAUTY & THE BEAST Adds Performance Dates
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Pride Month 2017 continues at Santa Monica Playhouse with the extension of the All-Male Late-Night Date-Night production of the acclaimed musical comedy, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a charmingly original adaptation of that most gloriously romantic love story retold with an inclusive twist, playing Fridays and Saturday at 9:30 pm through July 29th

BWW Review: World Premiere Comedy A DeLUSIONAL AFFAIR Offers a Look at What Happens When Fantasy Becomes Reality
by Shari Barrett - Apr 11, 2017

Santa Monica Playhouse presents the funny, touching, and just a little bit racy, world premiere comedy, Albert James Kallis's A DeLUSIONAL Affair which will make you question everything you ever thought you knew about love, marriage, fantasy and reality, leaving you with a new perspective on it all. The play centers around a married couple celebrating their 25th Anniversary, with a husband eager to celebrate with his wife while she is so engrossed writing a book that she cannot be bothered to pay much attention to him, other than on the fantasy pages of her book. But what happens when that fantasy becomes reality?

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